Britain is no longer a Christian country and should stop acting as if it is, says judge

The Telegraph (UK): A two-year commission, chaired by the former senior judge Baroness Butler-Sloss and involving leading religious leaders from all faiths, calls for public life in Britain to be systematically de-Christianised.

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Masturbation & Porn Bigger Priority Than Planet & Poverty for US Bishops

By Patricia Miller, Religion Dispatches:

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In another sign of just how far the agendas of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Pope Francis have diverged, it’s worth noting that at their recently concluded fall plenary, the bishops signaled strongly about what’s on their radar when the only formal pastoral statement they issued was about what they consider a pressing pastoral crisis—pornography.

The bishops couldn’t be bothered to add either the environment or the plight of distressed peoples—whether they be refugees and immigrants or the poor—to their list of key priorities, despite the fact that they are a clear priority for Francis, and, therefore, the church. (Although they did work in some language about concern for the poor and immigrants.) And there was virtually no mention of growing economic inequality or the corrosive effects of unfettered capitalism. But pornography got a 22-page official pastoral statement.

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Secular publisher murdered, three wounded in Bangladesh attacks


Dhaka (AFP) – The publisher of an atheist writer killed earlier this year by suspected Islamists was hacked to death in Bangladesh Saturday, only hours after two secular bloggers and another publisher were also attacked.
Faisal Arefin Dipan,…

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تجنيد المتدينين في الحروب

عبد الرحمن الراشدنحن في خضم حرب فوضوية كبيرة في الشرق الأوسط، أسوأ مما مرّ بالمنطقة في الحربين العالميتين الماضيتين، تستخدم فيها كل الأسلحة من بدائية كالسكاكين، إلى آخر ما وصلت إليه التقنية، مثل طائرات الدرون التي تدار من وراء المحيط!
إنما أخطر الأسلحة هو الديني. وخطورته ليست فقط أنه قادر على تجييش المجتمع، وتحريك جيوش من الشباب راغبين في الموت، بل أيضًا لأنه سلاح مثل القنبلة النووية، يبقى غباره السام لعقود طويلة، حتى بعد نهاية الحرب. كثيرون قتلتهم إشعاعاته، سنوات بعد تدمير المدينتين اليابانيتين، وهذا حال السلاح الديني، الذي لا يختفي حتى بَعد انتهاء الحرب وتظل آثاره لعقود طويلة.

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